Terry McMahon #ThisIsOurIreland Ep. 45

Film was once the realm of myth making and escapism, but these days our politicians are the scripted actors who are playing roles in a PR Spun Irish success story. Award winning Actor-Writer-Director, Terry McMahon, joins us in the tortoise shack for a no holds barred discussion on Our Ireland, wanting to take over the GPO, Apollo House and the lies they were told by a government that wants to maintain the myth and normalise obscenity!
There’s also an incredible story about how Culture Ireland and our Government treated Terry’s movie success.
Warning: strong language and mature themes throughout!

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Linda Hayden #TimeIsNow Ep. 39

The ongoing high profile trial in Belfast, for the alleged rape of a young woman, has laid bare the ordeal the victims of rape undergo in trying to seek justice. As proceedings progressed our guest, comedian, activist and self declared ‘mad yoke’, Linda Hayden began to relive her own traumatic experience. We are delighted that she spoke to us about ending the shame attached to the victims of sexual assault and tackling the system that leaves a woman nearly 10 times more likely to get pregnant from rape than she is to get a conviction against the perpetrator. Time’s Up!

Ronan Tynan Syria’s Impossible Revolution Ep. 35

The war in Syria is now going on for over 7 Years and the human suffering is almost unimaginable. We are delighted to be joined in the tortoise shack by Filmmaker, Co-Founder of the award winning Esperanza Productions, Ronan Tynan.
Ronan’s latest film ‘Syria – The Impossible Revolution’ charts the conflict from its peaceful uprising to the bloodiest and most tragic of outcomes. We discuss this, the West’s role, the proxy war, the geopolitical games and the hope for a real political settlement.

Eoin Ó Broin #PoliticalConstructs Ep25

It’s often said that the current confidence and supply agreement (New Politics) has left us with a ‘do nothing Dáil’. Well today’s guest, Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid West, Eoin Ó Broin would challenge that. As a writer and political activist Eoin is a constant voice for what he calls a fair recovery. As party spokesperson for Housing, Planning and local government Eoin was a member of the Oireachtas Housing Committee that our previous guest, architect Mel Reynolds spoke so highly of.

With Irish Politics undergoing so much generational change, people like Eoin, working in bipartisan groups, can help bring on that fairer recovery that he is speaks so passionately about.

They discuss:
Some Dublin GAA
The generational change in politics, Sinn Fein and the wider Dáil
Eoin’s solutions to the housing crisis
Why it’s about building communities and not just houses
How Traveller accommodation and those with disabilities are nearly always forgotten.
We finish with a chat about Eoin’s recent spat with the Irish Times and the media relationship with politics in general.

Frankie Gaffney #NewYearRevolutions ECP Ep. 19

Tony and Martin are joined in the tortoise shack by Author, Linguist, constant voice for inner city youth and one of our preeminent smart arse’s, Frankie Gaffney. Frankie, while no stranger to controversy, is for my money, one of the most sincere voices around and his calls for unity come from a desire for a better society.

They discuss:
Inequality and the #LockedOutGen
Joining the Dots in 2018.
Left Unity and why Frankie is much more optimistic for 2018.
Social Media: bullying vs debating.
The Labour Party’s road to perdition or redemption.
A very Young Fine Gael Christmas.
We finish with a linguistic view of the Disney Channel accent!

Strong language and bad jokes throughout.

Echo Chamber Podcast: Ep 16 Aaron Vallely

Martin and Tony are joined in the tortoise shack by writer, journalist and essayist Aaron Vallely. Aaron writes for the Huffington Post and has also written for counter-punch, head-stuff and the new statesman among others. He is best known for his work on pop culture and is a passionate voice for the arts.

They discuss:
Aaron’s experience of New York and the rise of Donald Trump.
The #MeToo phenomenon and how it has empowered so many people and Aaron relates his own personal experience.
The Creative Ireland Arts Fund and where the money really goes.
The 8th Committee and the likely next steps.
And Arron gave us his 2 recommendations to watch over the Christmas.

Aaron is a complete gentleman and we apologise for the strong language.

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